An architectural model view of the central lake and the Lapita hotel at the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex is displayed in Dubai.
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DUBAI: Sweating and hopeful, the performers lined up once more and received instructions mirroring the aspirations of the soon-to-open massive amusement parks they hoped to join: dance three-eighths Bollywood with a stiff shot of hip hop and a touch of whimsy.The park, planned to be over 25 square kilometers, sits southwest of downtown Dubai in the wind-swept deserts off the main highway linking it to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.The area is close to where Dubai plans to host the 2020 World Expo, or world's fair, as well as Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, which officials hope someday will handle over 200 million passengers a year. Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, recently announced the creation of a planned $8.1 billion project nearby called Dubai Wholesale City.In 2015, Dubai saw 14.2 million overnight visitors, up from 13.2 million the year before, according to the emirate's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.Dubailand was to sprawl over some 260 square kilometers of desert and include parks like Legoland, Universal Studios and Six Flags, as well as other attractions.
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